Hearing the Ephemeral Sounds of Device Interactions Past

The Conserve the Sound Project has recordings of the sounds produced while interacting with a large variety of old devices. For example, typing on a typewriter, inserting an audio cassette, opening the lid of a laptop. I’m glad that people have thought to pay attention to, and capture these otherwise ephemeral sounds. Aside from the pleasure of hearing them, I think it adds an important dimension to understan ... Continue Reading →

Some References on the “Art of Walking”

It can sound a bit pointless to say I love walking—most of us walk. But a lot of times people just walk for function, missing the pleasure in it. I love reading essays, etc. on walking too. This article mentions an “audio-walk” by Janet Cardiff (among other things), which I feel I need to try now. ... Continue Reading →

Visualization and Dominant Perspectives?

This article “What can data visualization learn from feminism?” brings up great points on the “view” of data–it’s not without some sort of perspective. This also reminds me of what is sometimes raised in discussion of archives–dominant or privileged perspectives tend to be what we see and it takes effort to go beyond that (like this example of decolonizing Canadian archives ... Continue Reading →

Current German Philosophy and its Popularity

Quite a read on the Financial Post about the present state of German philosophy. It tends to present a drive to make philosophy popularly accessed as problematic to profundity. In the end, the article offers examples showing that commercial success doesn’t necessarily indicate a lack of profundity. I tend to think there is room for both. We need much more of a general drive for people to want to think critica ... Continue Reading →

The Typewriter As a Drawing Tool

This person, Keira Rathbone, creates some really impressive art using a typewriter. The video shows her rolling the paper back-and-forth while striking keys harder or softer to create different layers of subtlety. The end results look a little like a cross between computer-made ASCII art and a hand-drawn sketch. ... Continue Reading →

Vigilance: World Press Freedom Day

We need to always be vigilant for even the smallest restrictions or alterations to our freedom of expression and our essential rights. If we lapse we lose because hard-won successes in creating a good society don’t automatically remain. Without constant vigilance and maintenance our rights will erode, somewhat like our physical surroundings over time. Except, here we must be vigilant to those people that woul ... Continue Reading →

Logic Gets its Due in Computing History

I remember thinking, when studying formal logic in my undergrad philosophy courses, that computer programming was essentially just another flavour of it. Since then, whenever I’ve read articles about the history of computing, I wonder why they invariably neglect to mention its crucial and rich philosophical origins. That’s what I love about this article in the Atlantic. I feel like it nails much of what ... Continue Reading →